This Valentine’s Day, skip making reservations at an overcrowded restaurant and pick up tickets to a show for a fun date night. Whether you and your date want to see comedy, theatrical performances or musical groups, the Chicago area is teeming with shows on and around Valentine’s Day this year. To find the right show that you and your date will both enjoy, consider checking out the following performances. To show that you’re smooth and on top of things, order your tickets in advance.
Drury Lane Theatre & Conference Center
100 Drury Lane
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
For the couple who loves Mel Brooks’ works, watching a performance of “Young Frankenstein” at the Drury Lane Theatre & Conference Center is a great way to spend Valentine’s Day. The play is based on the 1974 film starring Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn and Peter Boyle and is sure to keep you laughing throughout the performance. Fancy something to eat before the show? Check out the venue’s menu to find a quick snack or a full meal prior to the show. To purchase tickets, order them on your computer or call Drury Lane’s box office. If you can’t make it to a performance on Valentine’s Day, you still have time to catch a show as it runs through March 14, 2014.
‘Let Them Eat Chaos’
The Second City
1616 N. Wells St.
Chicago, IL 60614
Whether you’re spending Valentine’s Day with your long-term love or are heading out to a blind date, consider making a performance of “Let Them Eat Chaos” by The Second City part of your evening’s plans. The show is a comedy, so you can still get a laugh out of the evening even if the date goes sour. You can also grab a snack or cocktail during the show, then try grabbing a table at the numerous restaurants and bars right outside The Second City in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood. For a second option, consider picking up tickets to “A Clown Car Named Desire” by Second City e.t.c. You can pick up tickets online or call ahead at the box office.
DeJohnette, Lovano, Spalding And Genovese Quartet
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
220 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60604
‘Jazz’ up your Valentine’s Day weekend plans and pick up tickets to DeJohnette, Lovano, Spalding and Genovese Quartet performing live at the Symphony Center. The quartet features the talents of Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding and Leo Genovese for a performance you’re sure to enjoy. To kick off the show, singer Gregory Porter will perform, too. The performance will be held February 15, 2014, making it a great option if you can’t be with your significant other on Valentine’s Day.
Top Shelf Comedy Tour
Arie Crown Theater
Lakeside Center/McCormick Place
2301 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60616
Have a laugh this Valentine’s Day by seeing the Top Shelf Comedy Tour at Arie Crown Theater. The show’s comedians include Bruce Bruce, George Wilson, Arnez J and Dominque for a stand-up comedy performance that will leave you laughing. The show will be held on Valentine’s Day and starts at 8:30 p.m.; tickets start at $47. Tickets can be purchased online or via Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Arie Crown Theater has parking available, and is also accessible by public transportation. For directions, check out the venue’s website.
Jedlicka Performing Arts Center
3801 S. Central Ave.
Cicero, IL 60804
This Valentine’s Day, why don’t you and your significant other get caught up in an epic love story by watching a performance of “Love Story” at Morton College’s Jedlicka Performing Arts Center? Directed by Melanie Lamoureux, the play will be familiar to fans of the novel and the 1970 film, both written by Erich Segal. The musical, which tells the story of star-crossed lovers Oliver Barrett IV and Jenny Cavilleri, opens on Valentine’s Day and will run through March 1, 2014. Tickets are available for purchase online or by calling the theater’s box office.
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